Champagne village profile: La Chapelle-Monthodon on the left bank of the Marne valley

Diagram La Chapelle-Monthodon 201512Key facts

Located in: Vallée de la Marne: Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche
Vineyards and grape varieties: 70.1 hectares (173.2 acres), of which 89% Pinot Meunier, 7% Pinot Noir, and 4% Chardonnay.
Classification: “Autre cru” (80%)
Other information: from 2016 a part of the Vallées-en-Champagne commune.

Maps

The map is linked from Wikimedia Commons, and the geographical information originates from OpenStreetMap. The dotted white area corresponds to the vineyards, light yellow is other open terrain, orange is built-up areas, and green indicates forest. The dashed red line in the left-hand part of the map is the departmental border between Aisne (where La Chapelle-Monthdon is located) and Marne.


Google Maps view with the villages in the Vallée de la Marne Rive Droite highlighted.

Clicking on a village opens a field to the left with a link to the village profile, if there is one.

Neighbouring villages

Northnortheast: Dormans
East: Igny-Comblizy

South: Le Breuil
Southwest: Baulne-en-Brie
West: Saint-Agnan (part of the Terroir de Condé area)
Northwest: Courthiézy (part of the Terroir de Condé area)
Comment: more links will be added when profiles of the other villages have been uploaded.

La Chapelle-Monthodon with vineyards in the foreground (these vineyards are located north of the village) and beyond the village to the left (these vineyards are located southeast of the village). Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

The village

La Chapelle-Monthodon is located on the left bank of the Marne river, which means south of the river. The village is located at the stream Ru du Rosset which forms a valley. This stream is a tributary of Le Surmelin which empties into the Marne River downstreams at Mézy-Moulins.

La Chapelle-Monthodon covers 1428 hectares and has 190 inhabitants (as of 2013) referred to as Odoniens and Odoniennes.

La Chapelle-Monthodon is located in the Aisne department, unlike the main part of the Vallée de la Marne Rive Gauche, which is in Marne.

Vallées-en-Champagne

Since 1 January 2016, La Chapelle-Monthodon is a so-called commune déléguée within the merged commune Vallées-en-Champagne, which is of the type commune nouvelle. This is a rather new type of merged commune which means that some functions are kept within the communes déléguées, rather than the former communes completely disappearing in the merged commune. The new commune was formed by Baulne-en-Brie, La Chapelle-Monthodon, and Saint-Agnan, and it resulted in 4124 hectares and 557 inhabitants (as of 2013 in the former communes). The town hall of the new commune is located in Baulne-en-Brie.

The town hall (mairie) in La Chapelle-Monthodon. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo G.Garitan, 2014).

Vineyards

The vineyards in La Chapelle-Monthodon are primarily located north and northeast of the village, on the right bank of the stream Ru du Rosset. These vineyards are located in mild south-facing slopes. In the west, they are continuous with the vineyards in Saint-Agnan. A smaller block of vineyards in the southeast of the village on a west-facing slopes that is formed by the stream Ru de Bannefroy. The vineyards are dominated by Pinot Meunier.

The current vineyard surface in the La Chapelle-Monthodon commune is 70.1 hectares (173.2 acres). There are 62.3 ha Pinot Meunier (88.9%), 5.0 ha Pinot Noir (7.1%), and 2.8 ha Chardonnay (4.0%). Numbers from CIVC, as of 2013. In 1997, the vineyard surface was 59 ha. There are 26 vineyard owners (exploitants) in the commune.

Champagne producers

Champagne houses/négociants

Esterlin with their main sites in Épernay has one of their three press houses in La Chapelle-Monthodon.

Champagne growers

Producer status is indicated where known: RM = récoltant-manipulant, or grower-producers. RC = récoltant-coopérateur, growers that are cooperative members but sell Champagnes under their own name.

  • Douard Christian (RC), where Douard is the surname. Has just over 4.5 ha of vineyards. The range includes Prestige, which exists both in a non-vintage and vintage versions.
  • Bruno Roulot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 6 ha of vineyards in seven communes and 90% Pinot Meunier and 10% Chardonnay. The vintage Champagne is composed of 80% Pinot Meunier and 20% Chardonnay (refers to the 2008 vintage).
  • Jean-Yves Roulot (RC)
  • Sourdet-Diot (RM), member of Vignerons Indépendants with 10 ha of vineyards. The range includes two vintage Champagne, the regular Millesime which is composed of a 70% Chardonnay, 20% Pinot Meunier, and 10% Pinot Noir (refers to the 2010 vintage), and a oak barrel-vinified blanc de blancs which has had different names: the 2006 vintage is called Elégance and 2007 is called L’Atypique.
    History
    Started to produce their own Champagnes in 1980 and sold about half their grapes to the large houses in the 1980s. Uses all grapes for their own Champagnes since a contract with Veuve Clicquot ran out in 1990.
  • Valérie Van Gysel (RC)

Comment: the list may not be complete.

The church in La Chapelle-Monthodon, Église de la Nativité-de-la-Sainte-Vierge. Picture linked from Wikimedia Commons (photo Jpduburcq, 2007).

Links

© Tomas Eriksson 2016, last update 2016-04-02

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